Bengals: 6 star performances from overtime win vs. Vikings in Week 1

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5. Joe Burrow

It was great to see Joe Burrow back on the field and even better to see him playing like the quarterback Cincinnati expected when they took him No. 1 overall a year ago.

While he had his ups and down, Burrow did what he could to keep his team in this game. He finished his second-ever season-opener going 20-of-27 with 261 yards and two touchdowns and answering the call when it came down to him throwing the ball in overtime.

Burrow’s offensive line didn’t play great and allowed him to get sacked five times but he was certainly a star in spite of that. This was as good of a performance as fans could have hoped for from Burrow.

4. Joe Mixon

Let’s stick with the name Joe here, shall we?

After only starting six games last year, Joe Mixon proved he hadn’t lost a step in his first game back in action. The Bengals running back carried the ball 29 times for 127 yards and a touchdown while hauling in another four catches for 23 yards.

Mixon ran like he was angry and that’s exactly what fans wanted to see and what this offense needed. He’s always been a key part in this offense and that looks to still be the case with what he was able to do against the Vikings on Sunday. He was the best running back in the game and that’s saying something considering who the running back on the other team is.